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Staples Addresses Needs Of Small Business; Entrepreneur Seminars, Store Events Offered In The Boston-area

Staples Small Business Celebrations March 30 at Framingham and Saugus stores

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 24, 1999--Staples The Office Superstore, pioneer of the office supplies superstore industry, has scheduled all-day Small Business Celebrations at two Boston-area stores on March 30 including four small business marketing seminars presented free of charge to entrepreneurs, small business owners and interested members of the public. These small business events will be at the Framingham and Saugus stores.

"There is a clear need among our customers for the kind of information our marketing seminars and small business celebrations provide," said Jim Peters, president, U.S. Stores, Staples. "As Staples continues to evolve in its second decade of office products leadership, we plan to be the small business resource and these programs are one of the ways we give back to that customer base that has made Staples so successful."

The highlight of the Staples Small Business Celebration includes seminars by two of Boston's most well-known marketing speakers, Nancy Michaels and Mark Magnacca, principles of WorkSmart Productions, Inc. Their unique marketing program called "How to Be A Big Fish in Any Pond" offers tips on developing a professional portfolio, creating your business marketing materials and designing promotional kits. Special offers on photocopying will be available that day only.

These unique one-hour marketing seminars will be offered on March 30 at the Framingham Staples store at 9am & 11am and the Saugus Staples store at 4pm & 7pm.

Nancy Michaels is syndicated newspaper columnist, television host, radio personality and entrepreneur, who has built her reputation as an authority on self promotion and small business. Mark Magnacca has been an exciting entrepreneurial resource featured in The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Boston Globe and CBS News.

Staples Inc. is a $7 billion retailer of office supplies, furniture and technology to consumers and business from home based businesses to Fortune 50 companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. Headquartered outside Boston, Staples invented the office superstore concept and today is the largest operator of office superstores in the world. The company has over 42,000 employees serving customers through more than 940 office superstores, mail order catalogs, e-commerce and a contract business. Staples is the naming rights partner for Los Angeles' new sports and entertainment venue, STAPLES Center, scheduled to open in October 1999. More information can be found www.staples.com.

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